Judge Rules Plaintiffs Suing Adultery Site Over Hack May Not Remain Anonymous



By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network:

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that over 40 plaintiffs suing the adultery site Ashley Madison for failing to protect users from hackers will have to reveal their identities in order for the case to move forward.

The 42 plaintiffs currently listed in the case have heretofore gone by the anonymous pseudonym “John Doe” so as “to reduce the risk of potentially catastrophic personal and professional consequences that could befall them and their families.”

Attorneys for the men had asked the court to make the anonymity permanent, but U.S. District Court Judge John Ross said the plaintiffs will have to provide their names in order to sue. He said that while rape and molestation victims have been permitted to remain anonymous by the courts, the Ashley Madison matter was different.

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